Ahead of the elections in February, advocacy group, Enough Is Enough Nigeria is organizing a Presidential and Governorship election debate series called ‘The Peoples’ Debate’.
“The Peoples’ Debate”, hosted by EiE Nigeria in partnership with GenVoices, GEMSTONE and the Nigerian Global Shapers Hubs (Lagos, Abuja, Calabar, Ibadan & Kano) will hold in Lagos, Plateau, Kaduna, Imo, Rivers, Taraba as well as a Presidential debate in Abuja.
Chairman and CEO of Channels Television, John Momoh and popular TV personality, Ebuka Obi Uchendu have been confirmed to moderate some of the debates. Other moderators will be announced soon.
The debate series has been created to position voters at the centre of the democratic process by reinforcing the narrative that elections and governance are about the people. It also aims to provide voters with the information required to select credible candidates and hold them accountable once in office.
In addition to The Peoples’ Debate, EiE Nigeria has announced that there will also be four more voter education concerts in Kaduna, Jos, Owerri and Lagos after the first one, which held in Port-Harcourt on December 12, 2014. Renowned superstars, 2Face, Pasuma, MI, Ice Prince, Yemi Alade, Burna Boy, Reminisce among many others have been confirmed to thrill young enthusiastic voters at these concerts. Organizers of the concert have also promised guest appearances from A-list personalities including CEO, Channels TV, John Momoh.
Through its pre-election and post-election voter education strategies under its flagship RSVP Campaign, EiE Nigeria hopes to increase the participation of young people between 18 – 35 (62.5% of those registered to vote in 2011) in Nigeria’s growing democracy.
EnoughisEnough Nigeria (www.eienigeria.org) is a coalition of individuals and organizations committed to instituting a culture of good governance and public accountability in Nigeria through advocacy, activism and the mobilization of the youth population as responsible citizens. The coalition includes The Future Project; Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN); Education as a Vaccine (EVA); Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND); LYNX Nigeria, Budgit, RISE Networks; Chocolate City Group and EME.
EiE Nigeria created the RSVP (Register|Select|Vote|Protect) Campaign to leverage technology, especially social media to mobilize significant participation from citizens in the 18-35 age bloc in the 2011 elections and beyond.